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7 Questions with Chris Hayden ’14-15 Marshall Islands

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(Chris Hayden’s original song, Steady) Remember that post about how talented WorldTeach volunteers? Well, we have another alumni to feature today–Chris Hayden, Marshall Islands 2014-2015. 7 QUESTIONS WITH CHRIS HAYDEN 1) Before we start, I just want to ask if photography is a hobby/profession of yours. I know you as sojourn. studios on instagram, aka the guy who posts beautiful instagram pictures. I love looking at them on the WorldTeach feed and I just want to know more about your work! C: Photography started off as a hobby. I went to school for architecture, and at the time my brother had a nice camera and I would borrow it for architectural stuff. From that, I met with photography-enthusiasts, who introduced…

Day In A Life: Monday Morning in Thailand

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When I woke up this morning, it was still dark out. I carefully exited my mosquito net to turn off my both alarm and the air conditioning unit at 5:30 while the birds were starting to chirp and the motorcycle repair shop across the street was already starting work for the day (less pastoral). I’ve been trying to remain hydrated, so I like to get my water bottle and climb back into bed to drink it. And by bed, I mean “Thai rolling mattress on top of a rock solid mattress ensconced in a mosquito net”. It’s not fancy, but I’m sure it’s great for my back or something like that… Now that I have a coffee maker, I can…

Disappearing Islands

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by: Shierly Mondianti “It’s disturbingly easy to write off a country you’ve never seen.” A month ago, we shared on Facebook a CNN article regarding the effects of climate change on the Marshall Islands. At WorldTeach we send hundreds of volunteers to the Pacific Islands. Many of our alums started the program with little to no knowledge of the pacific islands, but they left with invaluable memories of their daily interaction with the local community. The telltale signs of a disappearing island is obvious. One of our WT alums shared this with us: “I spent a year on Majuro with WT and lived with a family at Laura Beach. During that year we lost nearly 3 feet of beach to high (King)…

Erika Utter Interview: Returning from American Samoa

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By: Shierly Mondianti In this week’s blogpost, I sat down with my fellow intern, Erika Utter, who is our Alumni Engagement intern. Erika recently returned from American Samoa, and I thought that it would be a great opportunity to interview her and share her experience on the blog. Check out the scoop below: (S: Shierly, E: Erika) S: Erika, tell me more about yourself—what were you doing before WorldTeach (WT), what made you decide to start with WT, and why American Samoa? E: I was working in Atlanta, GA at a doggie day care. A friend from college wrote a post about WorldTeach finding volunteers for American Samoa, and I was intrigued. S: Talk me through your day in American Samoa….

WorldTeach Got Talent—Jess Medeiros China’14

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by: Shierly Mondianti WorldTeach has attracted many budding singers, musicians, swimmers, divers, techies and builders, among others. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, and their experiences and hobbies add value to the students they teach and the communities that they serve abroad. I will proudly say that our volunteer teachers are probably one of the most motivated, ambitious and talented people out there. You would think that after a long day of teaching that our volunteers would want to simply rest and relax in the comfort of their home. Well, not WorldTeach’s volunteers! Jess Medeiros (China’14), is a great example of someone who really immersed herself with the local culture. During her spare time in China, Jess would post YouTube…

Music in Micronesia: Creating a Studio-Production Company (Jayden, Chuuk ’14)

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  Interview by: Shierly Mondianti, Marketing and Publicity Intern   This week, I set up an informal interview to chat with one of our amazing WT alum, Jayden, Chuuk ’14.   While at Chuuk, Micronesia, Jayden set up a sustainable studio-production business at Chuuk High School to record the beautiful voices in the island. Before we move on to the interview, here is an audio clip that Jayden shared with us:   Here are some of the things he had to say: (S: Shierly; J: Jayden)   S: Jayden, tell me more about yourself—what were you doing before WT, what made you decide to start with WT, and why Micronesia? J: Before WT, I was a music producer. I always wanted to travel around 25;…

Meinseng Mwahu! (Good Morning!): A Day in the Life (Pohnpei, Micronesia)

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This week, we are featuring one of our current volunteers, Laura Tracy, who is serving in Kolonia, Pohnpei. Read on to find out how Laura spends her day in this Micronesia Island: 6:50am Alarm goes off (meinseng mwahu; good morning!) 7:15am Laura actually gets out of bed 7:17am Jump in the freezing cold shower (but feeling good since you woke up sweating already!) 7:30am Breakfast time! Heat up coffee, scramble up some eggs, eat a local carat (Cah-Rah-ch) banana 8:00am Get dressed in local skirt, throw hair up in a bun and head out on the 10 minute walk to PICS 8:30am Morning bell (aka old oxygen diving tank) is rung to signal start of homeroom. I’m already sweating profusely from my walk to school, better get used to it! 8:50am-12:30pm I…

Good Grades vs. Good People: Teaching in American Samoa

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by: Shierly Mondianti One of the most important skills that a successful teacher needs is the ability to navigate the classroom.   In a wonderful TedTalk by one of our Alums, Jessica Baker (American Samoa ’13) talks about the need for mutual respect between teachers and students. She speaks to how there is “more to life than an A+…than numbers,” and reflects on the need to take a step back from traditional methods of teaching and measuring educational success.  As Jessica soon finds out, the process of learning does not have to be mechanical or straightforward. Sometimes, the student’s unconventional means of understanding is one of the most beautiful, powerful and fulfilling experiences.   We reached out to Jessica to find out…

Serving to Learn and Learning to Serve in American Samoa

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WorldTeach American Samoa volunteer Bryan Williams is both a teacher and a National Honor Society adviser.    “You can study government and politics in school, but the best way to really understand the process is to volunteer your time.” – Rob McKenna Last week my National Honor Society (NHS) students went on their first community volunteer trip of the year. The group decided to go to Fitiuta Elementary school and help the clean their campus. We arrived just before noon and the principal said they did not need to work until 1 so they could just hang out in the computer lab and get on the internet. I said “no thank you, we are here to work.” So my students, while…

Decisions, Decisions

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WorldTeach China Volunteer Katie contemplates a big decision she has ahead. “Jump or stay in the boat.” ― Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Darkness   I wanted to wake-up early today to go sit in the front yard and watch the sunrise and work on this next piece now that I have free time and my classes are over for the semester. That did not come even close to happening. I spent a good half of the day chilling with this bizarre chicken head pillow that class 8 gave me for New Years that I love.   I wasn’t sure what to do for this month’s post. So many things happened it felt like a big “whirlwind” of teaching and Netflixing in bed day…